Festive fun for gardeners

Some of the Gloucester Garden Club members dressed up for the Christmas Parade. Photo supplied
Some of the Gloucester Garden Club members dressed up for the Christmas Parade. Photo supplied

Gloucester Garden Club met for the last time in 2017 at the lovely and expansive garden of Bev and Peter Jackson in Fairbairns Lane.     

A good crowd, including two visitors from Hong Kong and our 100th member, Kwan Clift, gathered under the marquees, well protected from the threatening showers of rain. Bev has been very busy since she and Peter moved there in 2007, and since our last visit, the beds have been planted out with lots of colour and many quirky and amusing bits and pieces have been placed around in the garden. The sweeping lawns have been extended well out around the house and after the recent rain, were looking particularly lush. We thank our hosts for inviting us to their garden.

A Christmas theme prevailed, with a most amusing parade of suitably attired Santas, a snowman, a snowflake, a boxed Christmas gift, a tree decoration, with the winners being: 1st Julia Stuart (Santa in Training), 2nd Annette Thomas (snowman) and Anne Williamson (Santa Claus). Our thanks to Fred and Margorie Rees for so capably judging the event.

Seven members recently attended the Garden Clubs of Australia annual conference in Ulladulla and by all accounts, found it most informative, helpful and enjoyable. The next one in two years’ time will be held on Norfolk Island.

Pearl Beggs’ day lilies are looking particularly beautiful at the moment and members were invited to call into their place on Buckettts Way South sometime if they would like to see them.

Bev Jackson’s performance of how to make “The Christmas Cake” her way had everyone in stitches and Bruce Barnes’ quiz was clever, funny, thought provoking and enjoyed by all. Thanks to both these members for adding to the fun.

We had five lucky raffle winners and 10 lucky door prizes. The membership draw was won by Carmen Evans who was not in attendance so it will jackpot to $40 at the February meeting.

The next meeting in February will be at the home of Colin and Sally Martin at Bowman Farm. In the meantime, we wish all members and their families a safe, healthy and happy festive season.